What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, disrupts the way the brain normally functions. TBIs often take place when the brain hits against the inside of the skull after an impact, but objects that penetrate the skull and enter the brain can also cause them.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Any accident that results in trauma to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury. That said, certain incidents account for much more TBIs than others. These include falls, motor vehicle accidents, struck by or against objects, and violent assaults.
Are All Traumatic Brain Injuries Serious?
Yes. Any brain injury is serious enough to require immediate medical attention. As is the case with all injuries, however, TBIs can vary significantly in severity. A concussion, the most common form of mild TBI, typically will resolve itself in a matter of weeks and requires little more treatment than rest and relaxation. More severe TBIs, on the other hand, often require emergency surgeries to treat and often leave victims with long-term medical issues that can significantly damage their abilities to work or even perform everyday tasks.
Will I Recover Compensation for My TBI?
Many victims and their families anxiously want to know whether they will recover compensation for the losses they have sustained because of a TBI. While each case is different, under general principles of South Carolina personal injury law, people injured by the negligent or intentional acts of others are entitled to recover damages. Negligence refers to a person’s failure to employ the degree of care that a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances would ordinarily use. As such, determining whether negligence caused a particular incident requires analysis of the circumstances. Common examples of negligent conduct that may lead to a TBI-causing accident include:
- Violating traffic laws
- Failing to maintain property in reasonably safe conditions
- Shoddy construction or workmanship
- Failing to conduct adequate testing on consumer products before bringing them to market
How Much Is My Case Worth?
When victims learn they may have a good chance to recover compensation, they often want to know how much they can expect to receive. There is no such thing as a typical TBI case, so no lawyer can even provide an estimate without fully evaluating a given situation. Factors that will influence how much you may receive include:
- Your age
- Your occupation
- The severity of your TBI
- Your prognosis
- Whether you partially caused the incident that resulted in your injury
Call Us Today to Speak to a Charleston, South Carolina, Brain Injury Attorney
Traumatic brain injuries often leave victims with significant losses, including medical expenses, lost income, decreased quality of life, and significant pain and suffering. At the Hughey Law Firm, we are committed to helping TBI victims obtain the compensation to which South Carolina entitles them, and we will review the facts of your case at no cost to you. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney, call our office today at (843) 881-8644 or send us an email through our online contact form.